Rep. Paul Ryan is so afraid of his constituents he had his office doors locked against those who came to get some answers.
Afraid of the protesters he would draw for his plan to slash the social safety net in order to make the rich richer, this month Rep. Paul Ryan cancelled public town halls in favor of events requiring paid tickets. In response, unemployed constituents in Ryan's district are asking for face-to-face meetings by conducting sit-ins at his local offices. So far, Ryan's staff has twice threatened to call the police on those protesters.
The protests are continuing despite these threats, and so is the escalation from Paul Ryan's office. Yesterday, cameras were banned at one of his local offices, asWisconsin Jobs Now showed through the photo on the right. Further, one of the protesters, Andrew Cole, was told by the police that Ryan's office has now restricted parking, with tickets and towing threatened. Now today, numerous reports have emerged that the protesters have been locked out of the office.
Wisconsin Jobs Now has more:
Long story short, the protest will go on outside for the moment. But why is the Congressman bringing in the police to kick a bunch of peaceful and unemployed constituents that want nothing more than for the representative to schedule a public town hall like he has dozens of times before. Is he just tired of them asking? Or is he somehow offended by the their message: that we need real job-creation legislation and not just tax breaks for corporations and billionaires.
Indeed. Without a House of Representatives that takes job creation seriously, there isn't a lot the President can do on his own. As long as Paul Ryan and his gang of Republican thugs thinks the economy will grow by gutting the social safety net while transferring even more of this nation's wealth to the wealthy, jobs will remain on the back burner.
We're on the fifth day of the protests. How long will Paul Ryan duck his own constituents' concerns?